Articles from October, 1997

Returning MPs see graphic message

OTTAWA - In the shadow of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill they gathered. Some 60 pro-lifers of all ages, men, women and children from across Ontario assembled in Ottawa September 22 in what has become known as the Show the Truth Tour. The group gathered in silence to show returning Members of Parliament visual signs of the abortion holocaust. Organizers admit the presentation is graphic, but it shows abortion in ... (Continue reading)

Variation on a popular petition

Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known, that anyone who fled to your protection, employed your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly to you O Virgin of Virgins, my mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petition, but in your mercy hear and answer me ... (Continue reading)

Bennett courage inspired community

A man of tremendous courage is how most people in the pro-life community will remember Joseph Bennett of Toronto. Although Mr. Bennett died in June, his strong faith and his support of pro-life objective continue to inspire those who knew him. He was 73 years old. Mr. Bennett developed skin cancer over 30 years ago, and despite years of hardship, discomfort and reconstructive surgery, he soldiered on with a cheerful outlook ... (Continue reading)

Some pro-life gems among Internet mire

While the Internet has its cesspool of pornography and propaganda, there are surprisingly, hundreds of thousands of pro-God and pro-life messages. A quick search listed more than one million web sites on the subject of "sex,"it also listed more than 800,000 on the subject of God. Some sites ridicule God and Christianity but many are exhaustive and innovative approaches to evangelization and biblical study. Under "sex", however, the subjects are shocking. The ... (Continue reading)

Former volunteer has lasting memories of work with poor

I have been asked to offer some reflections on my experience as a volunteer in Calcutta, India with Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity. Despite intense psychological preparation for my trip to Calcutta, I was in no way prepared for what I encountered on my arrival there. The dirt, the heat, the smell, was so overwhelming that I contemplated going home immediately. Off in a distant ... (Continue reading)

Protestor gone but his fight will continue

The one time I met Maurice Lewis, I recall thinking: "This is the guy?" Lewis was one of the meekest, least intimidating fellows you'd ever care to meet. Reporters who interviewed him came away startled at his mild manner. Not the sort of person you'd peg as the government's Public Enemy No. 1. Yet that's what Lewis was, as the government in 1995 launched a full legal assault against ... (Continue reading)

Joe Borowski remembered in Winnipeg ceremony

WINNIPEG - St. Vital Roman Catholic Church in Winnipeg was the site of a two-pronged celebration September 23, marking the first anniversary of the death of Joe Borowski, one of Canada's leading defenders of unborn children. The day began with Mass led by St. Vital pastor Father Pat Morand and 10 concelebrants.  In his homily, Father Morand stressed the need to offer thanks for people like Mother Teresa and Joe Borowski. He reminded ... (Continue reading)

Contest to salute prominent pro-lifers

The Interim newspaper is organizing a contest in which readers will be invited to guess the identity of various pro-life personalities done up in caricature. Beginning next issue, a series of three prominent pro-lifers will appear in cartoon form on the pages of The Interim. The personalities may come from the local, national or international pro-life stage. Personalities from the past will also be featured. Readers who correctly identity ... (Continue reading)

Society must offer more than despair

I was in Newfoundland at a national conference when the story broke on Karen Shoffstaff, a former Guelph resident who committed suicide in the Holiday Inn, Farmington a suburb of Detroit. Found close to Karen's body was a typewritten letter signed by her which stated that Jack Kervorkian and his assistant, Janet Good, were involved in her death. Outgoing spirit I did not know Karen, but in a situation ... (Continue reading)

Brind strikes back at legion of critics

American biology and endocrinology professor Dr. Joel Brind has reacted after finding himself the target of critical comments by the executive director of the World Conference on Breast Cancer. Dr. Brind presented overwhelming evidence on the link between induced abortion and breast cancer during the July conference that drew delegates from around the world to Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. In a post-conference interview August 24 on radio station CFLY's City Limits news program, conference director Janet Collins was asked about the ... (Continue reading)

Knights’ new ‘crusade for life’

Editor's note: The supreme council of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization, passed the following resolutions during its recent convention. The resolutions are part of the Knights "Crusade for Life," and they strongly support right-to-life issues as outlined in Pope John Paul II's 1995 encyclical Evangelium Vitae. Whereas, Pope John Paul II in his encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, has reaffirmed that abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and assisted suicide are contrary to God's law and the common good of every political community ... (Continue reading)

Effort leaves worker ‘pro-life poor’: N.S. leader calling it a day

HALIFAX - Herm Wills, head of Campaign Life Coalition - Nova Scotia, is stepping down after nine years of practically total immersion in pro-life issues. A good strategist, a great networker, Herm's trademark has been a constant stream of pro-life messages and updates to every government member, church leader and community activist whose fax number or e-mail address he could get. But a decade of pouring time and money ... (Continue reading)

Selected words on the sanctity of life

The following are direct quotations from some of Mother Teresa's speeches the world over. On abortion: "We are precious to Him ... Every single child that he has created, every unborn child in the womb." " ... Abortion has become the greatest destroyer of love, of peace. Millions of little children are being killed." "... ... (Continue reading)

Caring for the least among us Mother Teresa’s best legacy

There is very little a humble editorial writer could say that would do real justice to the life and work of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. To suggest that this champion of the poor and unwanted influenced so many people in a positive way would only scratch the surface of her remarkable achievement. Her death on September 5 has taken from this world a genuine inspiration not only for Roman ... (Continue reading)

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